(Hey all, I just noticed that Cornelia posted yesterday; it’s right below this one. It’s a goodbye post. Please don’t miss it.)
Can this really be happening? After nearly one and a half weeks off, I’m going back to work tomorrow? Holy crap!
It seemed like an eternity in the abstract. Hours and hours of only ME time in which I could get so much accomplished . . .
Clean the house — So far, I’ve managed to clear enough space on the floor in my office that I can finally get around the boxes. I also got rid of several bags worth of recyclable paper and plastic. Cleaned a closet or two. Swept up and dusted enough dirt to fill at least one of the raised beds I meant to build during this vacation.
Write — I meant to edit all the work I’ve written since I started this writing-every-day thing more than 18 months ago. While I continued to write daily, I didn’t even look at any of my past work yet. Crapsticks. I’ve got two – three novels, a novella, at least six short stories . . . and I go to work again tomorrow? Crapsticks x 2!
Organize — What the hell is that supposed to mean anyway? Get little pouches and fill them with coupons? Put my bills somewhere where I’ll pay more attention to them? Figure out what to do with the kids’ artwork? Get rid of things I’m not using. Lose some of the things that have been dragging me down?
Speaking of . . .
Lose Weight — yeah, right.
Here’s what I did do:
Had some really wonderful conversations with friends.
Eat all kinds of special foods that I won’t eat again for a year — hard salami w/guyere cheese, sticky pecan holiday bread from my favorite local bakery, pate and cornichons, champagne . . .
Stay up until one every night streaming foreign films.
Enjoy being by myself for hours on end.
Think about my life and what I want to do in the coming years . . .
I may not have accomplished even a fraction of what I meant to do, but I certainly did accmomplish a lot.
How about you? What did you do for the holidays? Did you get a vacation? Did you have some down time?
I’d love to know . . . and I’m off today so I can actually respond more than I’ll be able to tomorrow. So send a note my way.
Oh! And Happy New Year! May you be blessed with everything you hope for this year.